Qualcomm innovations at CES 2018

Qualcomm for 5GQualcomm has made several announcements at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9 – 12 showing its innovative technologies – taking on Intel and other chipset makers.

The world’s largest smartphone chip company based in the U.S. said its two Qualcomm Home Hub platforms support Google’s Android Things. Based on the Qualcomm SDA624 and SDA212 chips, these platforms are designed to help developers and OEMs to cost-effectively develop home hubs featuring Google services such as the Google Assistant.

Harman and Lenovo are working with Qualcomm Technologies on home products including the new Lenovo Smart Display using the Qualcomm Home Hub platforms.

Qualcomm Home Hub platforms, SoMs, reference designs and development boards using Android Things are expected to be available in first quarter of 2018 through Intrinsyc Technologies Corporation.

Qualcomm announced that its Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform now supports Microsoft Cortana. The platform integrates the hardware and software to help OEMs reduce the time and cost of developing smart speakers with support for the intelligent digital assistance provided by Microsoft Cortana.

The Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform with support for Cortana is expected to be available in the first half of 2018.

Qualcomm announced that the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform has been qualified by Amazon for the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). This reference platform incorporates the hardware and software building-blocks to facilitate commercialization of smart speaker and networked audio solutions.

Qualcomm Technologies announced radio frequency front-end (RFFE) design wins with OEMs such as Google, HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony Mobile.

Qualcomm is expanding the capabilities and product applications for its Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform and Reference Design.

The technology company is enabling, through the integration of Qualcomm Aqstic and Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana, voice recognition capabilities in the platform to create seamless voice-driven experiences in the home.

Qualcomm Technologies is also expanding products that support the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, beyond networking infrastructure to include smart speakers, smoke detectors, security systems, and smart bulbs where manufacturers are leveraging the mesh networking platform to create new connected experiences.

Qualcomm Technologies also introduced the new Qualcomm Low Power Bluetooth SoC QCC5100 series to help manufacturers develop a new generation of compact wireless earbuds, hearables and headsets.

Qualcomm Technologies announced support for Android Things, the Google Assistant, Google Cast for audio and other Google services on the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform.

Among OEMs launching products based on the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform at CES 2018, LG will showcase LG ThinQ Speaker which comes with Google Assistant built-in.

Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform with support for Android Things is available to select customers today, and it is expected to be generally available in the first half of 2018.

Chinese new energy company, BYD Company, announced the selection of Qualcomm Technologies’ automotive solutions for upcoming electric vehicles from BYD. Anticipated to begin in 2019, BYD electric vehicles are planned to feature integrated infotainment and digital cluster systems powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform.

Meanwhile, the 2018 Honda Accord features Snapdragon Automotive Platform to power applications for its in-vehicle infotainment and navigation system.

The 2018 Honda Accord also features a Qualcomm 4G LTE modem which is designed to support the Hondalink vehicle connectivity system.